Saturday, July 26, 2008

Vacation Kitchen in Baja California Sur

We just returned from a weeks vacation in Baja California Sur. A big deep sea fishing trip for those in our group except for me. Not many can understand how much enjoyment I got out of cooking in our suite's full kitchen using ingredients purchased at the local Supermercado to make meals around the days fish catch.

Menu Items For the week included:
Marlin Ceviche
Chicken Enchiladas
Fresh Vegetable Salsa
Fish Escoveitch
Fish Salad
Chile Rellenos
Chicken and Beef Empanadas
Chicken and Beef Tacos
Queso Fresco Omelet with Salsa
Quesadillas with Cheese
Red Beans

I was very careful to wash all vegetables and fruits plus incorproate some common sense in assuring no one would suffer the dreaded "Montezuma's Revenge". Success, we all made it though the week eating well while maintaining good health.

I'll try to get the recipes and pictures posted soon. It was a good time with lots of wild fresh fish coming home in our coolers.

Preview of what I had to work with- chunk of flesh from a 242 pound Marlin that they were unable to "catch and release".

Flickr Photo Sets Baja 2008

Saturday, July 05, 2008

4th of July Relaxing and Cooking

Around 10:30pm on the 4th of July, I settled in my backyard to get ready to smoke a pork shoulder. The gentle refreshing breeze and crackle of fireworks in the background was surprisingly calming. A glass of wine added to my sense of peace.

While the smoker was coming up to temp and stabilizing, Ziggy swarmed all over the yard in response to the fireworks and other dogs barking in the neighborhood.

Just my little Ziggy keeping watch on everything going on.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Four Q BBQ Featured on

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Last month Four Q BBQ participated in a competition at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio, California. We had the honor of being filmed by the U.S. State Departments's production crew because of our team's diversity representing what America is about. Released this 4th of July Independence weekend, this production shows a segment of our country's love of BBQ.

Please see the link above for a view of BBQ competition Four Q style.